Scattery Island Visitors Centre in Kilrush

Scattery Island Visitors Centre is located in Kilrush (county of Clare)

Address: Scattery Island, Kilrush
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Phone: 065 6829100 / 087 9958427
E-mail: scatteryisland@opw.ie

Located where the mighty Shannon river meets the wild Atlantic – few places can compete with Scattery Island’s unspoilt natural beauty. Visitors to the island can explore the ancient ruins of St Senan’s monastery and marvel at the island’s 120 foot tall round tower. Free guided tours of the island exploring its unique history and folklore are available during the summer months from the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre also houses a collection of historical and archaeological artefacts. Located approximately one mile off Kilrush, Scattery Island is home to a monastic settlement founded in the early 6th century by St. Senan who was born locally. There are the ruins of six churches and one of the highest Round Towers in Ireland, 120 feet high, with it’s unusual feature of it’s door at ground level. Scattery has had many invasions down through the centuries; the Vikings invaded during the early 9th century but Brian Boru later recaptured the island. It is believed that Scattery is a derivation of the Norse word for treasure, which is Scatty.


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